Senior Forum Meeting Minutes 13.12.16

The Senior Forum met recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Hightlights included:

The Old Saw Mill Project – Stewart Halliday.


Stewart took us through a very interesting and exciting presentation on the development of the OSM.


A full copy of his presentation will be sent out to all Senior Forum members. MS to action.


The OSM is developing into an excellent community hub and located in the town centre compliments the current “hubs” at New Life Church, Bromley Farm and the nearly refurbished St John’s Community Centre.


The OSM is quickly building a wide range of activities, events and regular café customers. They have plans for further development in Health & Wellbeing, Social Isolation and Seniors support.


They are building a bank of volunteers with a wide range of skills.


Next meeting to be held at OSM (Tuesday 14.2.17) MS to make sure that the other hubs are invited ( NLC/BF and StJ)


All About You – Sue Barnes


Sue outlined a couple of initiatives she is developing based at St John’s Community Centre and out in the field.


Monday Club – Based in St John’s Community Ctr.

Open to adults for a friendly, enjoyable social day care experience.

10.00 to 15.30pm with lunch and refreshments.

Activities to include Quizzes, Art & Craft, Personal Stories, Cooking, Local Interest and a whole lot more.


Looking at providing transport if required


Target cost £25 to £30.


All about you…wellbeing support in Congleton.


Sue currently has 6 clients that she delivers personal services to including:- Meal preparation, bed changing and laundry, shopping, admin support, cleaning , sitting service etc.


Next Meeting:-

Tuesday 14th February 2017 at The Old Saw Mill (2.30 to 5.00pm) Includes a tour of the facility.

Congleton Partnership Executive Meeting Minutes 6.12.16

Congleton Partnerships Executive meeting took place recently, full meeting minutes can be downloaded HERE. highlights included:


Item 4. The Mills Development. As requested at the last meeting a subgroup was set up as a result of which a letter outlining issues around the proposed development was sent to Kate Howe , Associate Director, Scarborough Group International. A copy of the letter was later circulated within the Executive, only one comment was received back as a result. Kate Howe duly replied indicating that our issues raised would be taken into consideration and that The Partnership would be included in future communications prior to submission of the Planning Application. The reply is on file. It is hoped that the Planning Application will be submitted late Jan / early Feb 2017. Sara Rathbone raised the issues of Dementia / Disability and that they be considered before planning goes in.

Dementia Action Alliance – Sara Rathbone


Contacts:-  Mob 07753425255


Sara explained to us her role, the structure that she works within and the breadth of residents covered.


Sara has been in post since 28th April and is currently working on making more people / organisations dementia aware. These include the police, transport. National companies including Tesco, Virgin and Taxi firms to help them improve their offering and support to people who suffer from Dementia / Alzheimers etc.


Sara is working on developing Dementia Friends and Champions, hourly sessions, will visit workplaces.


D.Murphy felt there was value of Sara presenting to the Pub Watch Group and Ex-servicemen’s Club.

Community Projects – Jo Money

Xmas Light Switch On Event. Jo commented on the success of the event, thanked all for their support and indicated that a wash up meeting was being held to look at various feedback / ideas for next year’s event.

MMW Memorial Activity. Friday 18th we had both the unveiling of the piece of Art Work in the park and the naming of Margaret’s Place ( Antrobus St). These events were attended by members of Margaret’s family, who also went onto the opening of The Old saw Mill that evening. Great afternoon had by all. A plaque for the Art Piece will be sited in the near future.

Youth Forum. CCP is working with the Youth Forum on a project for PB Funding around Mental Health and Drug Misuse with a view to involving young people in some form of drama/film on the subject.

Food and Drink.  Already working on next year’s event on Sunday 11th June.

Theatre Day. Late April involving students TBC

Get Involved Booklet. New update planned, still looking for funding.


Next Meeting is :- Tuesday 7th March 2017, Bridestone Suite, 5.30pm.